Edible Sustainable Landscaping at Clark University

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Funding Source: Recipient of the 2012-2013 Marsh Institute Geller Sustainability Grant at Clark University

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The overall mission of this proposed action research project is to promote awareness of edible, sustainable landscapes and permaculture in the urban environment. The team will implement this by creating a model permaculture garden on campus as well as developing resources for future sustainable landscaping projects. The garden will reduce water use and maintenance through selection of plants that are adapted to our region while exposing the community to this type of landscape.

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This project seeks to promote awareness of edible, sustainable landscapes and permaculture in the urban environment. The team will implement this by creating a model permaculture garden on campus. The garden will reduce water use and maintenance through selection of plants that are adapted to our region while exposing the community to this type of landscape. The primary objective of this project is to establish a plot of edible, sustainable landscaping on campus based on the principles of permaculture. The garden will create and promote awareness of edible, sustainable landscaping and local food production on campus and in the urban community. Establishment of this plot will reduce water use and maintenance while improving the aesthetic and ecological value at this site. Finally, we hope to create a framework for future sustainable landscaping efforts at Clark and in the community.

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Edible Sustainable Landscaping at Clark University

  1. 1. EDIBLE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING Ma#  Huc k     J e nk ins   M a c e do   D r e   G ia lt our idis   Hoang  D ao   The Sustainable University Dec 11, 2012
  2. 2. INTRODUCTIONWhat is edible landscaping ?v Native plantingsv Replacement of grass with more sustainable alternativesv Provides local foodv Provides habitat and food for animals
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION, CONTINUED..Why Permaculture Design?v  Holistic, Sustainable design system and Philosophyv Reduced water, maintenance, and nutrient requirmentsv System ecologyv  Evolving design
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION, CONTINUED..What is the role of edible landscaping in sustainabledevelopment? v  Transforms nutrient poor areas into vibrant habitat v  Energy and water savings v  Connects people with local food systems v  Changes the paradigm of urban land use
  5. 5. METHODS Design a plot of Understand edible attitudes and landscaping opinions Secondary Face to face data interviews collection Data Field trips analyzing Area selection Plant selection Soil testing
  6. 6. Result and DiscussionPrimary Research Results Codes Label Grounded Density Education EDU 19 10 Collaborative COP 17 3 Partnership Sustainability SUS 17 9 Impacts IMP 12 2 Landscape Design LANP 10 2 Challenges CHAL 7 9 Project Management PMT 7 9 Water Management WMT 6 7 Plant Selection PLS 5 7 Categories Label Grounded Density Sustainability SUS 23 5 Landscape Design LANP 22 5 Collaborative COP 20 5 Partnership Education EDU 19 4 Challenges CHAL 19 5 Access to Resources ACR 10 4
  7. 7. Result and Discussion, Continued.....Relational Network Analysis of Themes
  8. 8. THEMES QUOTATIONS “Hosting a landscape design contest is a great way to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and facilitate the process of LANDSCAPE developing a design for the plot” (Interview response from a DESIGN professor at Clark). “Sustainable landscaping is important to promote local organic food systems, improved nutrition and food systems, and societal EDUCATION awareness” (Interview response from a professor at Clark). “Marsh Institute could provide space for work and internship. Interns working on the project could use the office spaces forCOLLABORATIVE their work. Someone in the department might be interested in PARTNERSHIP doing research related to edible landscaping on campus” (Interview response from a professor at Clark). “Funding is a major challenge. Clark relies on student initiative because staff are always busy. Students have short time period CHALLENGES studying, so it is difficult to maintain the participation with big project that need a long time to finish” (Interview response from a professor at Clark).
  9. 9. Proposed Plot of Edible Landscaping Why is this plot selected? v  Difficult to mow and maintain v  Grass dominated v  Water by a sprinkler system v  High visibility
  10. 10. PLOT TENTATIVE DESIGN
  11. 11. PLANTS Bushes Amelanchier lamarckii Blueberry bushes Viburnum spp. Rosa rugosa HerbsAnise- Garden Butterfly bush Garlic Monarda Kale NasturtiumHyssop Mint sage
  12. 12. RECOMMENDATIONS¡ Continue networking with stakeholders §  Other campus garden groups §  Physical plant §  Office of sustainability¡ Secure continued funding¡ Attract more students through community outreach §  Organize a landscape design contest

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